June 4, 2001 |
In the nicest way, Amy Freed's sparkling new comedy "The Beard of Avon" is the "JFK" of its chosen milieu: Elizabethan England in the time of William Shakespeare. Freed answers her central question--"Who wrote Shakespeare's plays?"--by opening an overstuffed rucksack of conspiracy theories.
June 1, 2001 |
James Joyce, first among modernist equals, found his influence so all-encompassing that he habitually referred to him as "Shakesphere." Ralph Waldo Emerson, philosopher and man of letters, assessed him as "inconceivably wise," while all other writers--whatever their genius--were merely "conceivably so." But to Sir Frank Kermode, perhaps this era's preeminent Shakespeare reader, the poet and playwright was "always, indeed, a writer and to be considered as such."
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April 18, 2001 |
Three hundred and eighty-five years after William Shakespeare's death, his plays and poems remain elegant cryptograms for high school students to decipher. But for Vanessa Herman, a senior at Birmingham High in Van Nuys, Shakespeare's writings are a ticket to New York City and--if all ends well--to England. As Los Angeles' delegate to the English-Speaking Union's national Shakespeare competition, Herman can't afford to study the Bard like your average high school senior.
March 2, 2001 |
Several 17th century clay pipes found on the site of William Shakespeare's home may have been used to smoke marijuana, scientists said. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-on-Avon in England allowed South African researchers in Pretoria to analyze 24 pipe fragments. Eight of the fragments showed evidence of marijuana, and two also showed evidence of cocaine, the scientists said.
February 4, 2001 |
"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more." So goes the cry with which Shakespeare's King Henry V, the hawkish Harry, pumps up his men to charge forth into battle. And so might a similar exhortation resound through the rehearsal halls of the Music Center these days. There too a leader has been readying his troupes.
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October 25, 2000 |
'And what are the three words that set the scene?" teacher Rafe Esquith asked his class in a discussion about "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain. "Huck says, 'They're after us.' He says 'us' because there's a connection between Huck and Jim." But what connection, Esquith asked as he paced around the crammed classroom on Monday morning, his students attentive with raised hands and eager eyes. One answered: "Jim took care of Huck. Jim saved him from the storm."
September 8, 2000 |
There's something familiar about William Shakespeare battling writer's block to complete a play on which the survival of his theater company depends. Not to mention confronting the chauvinistic Elizabethan convention that barred women from the stage. Unfortunately, it's a little too familiar.
July 21, 2000 |
Anthony Holden's "William Shakespeare: The Man Behind the Genius" is a well-crafted valentine for anyone who still believes that Shakespeare authored all of the works bearing his name. Some critics argue that the plays' uneven quality suggests that they are the work of many hands, but Holden steadfastly maintains that inconsistencies are the sign of a poet growing into his dramatic skills.
June 8, 2000 |
In Shakespeare's day, women were not allowed on stage; men played all roles, male and female. Since 1993, the Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company has turned the tables with all-female productions, earning critical praise for many of its gutsy, true-to-the-Bard stagings of the classics. The company's family-friendly "Twelfth Night," beginning tonight, marks the revival of free al fresco Shakespeare at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater.